Family and Community Services Manager
How long have you been involved with Voice of Hope?
Since 1995, I started as a volunteer. I started part-time as
a coach in 1999. I tutored the 4th and 5th graders and helped with the summer programs. I gradually became more involved in the Outreach as I helped with the events. I began to take more of a leadership role in these activities and moved to full-time and am now the Family and Community Services Manager.
How did you find out about Voice of Hope?
One of the members at my church worked at Voice of Hope and told us about the need for volunteers. I started volunteering an hour or two a week. I started coming more and more and helping with the after-school program. I saw that there was so much potential. I got to meet so many of the parents. I brought my daughter with me since the curriculum Voice of Hope was using was the same I had used a couple of years earlier to homeschool my daughter. I started helping with the Thanksgiving and Christmas events. I then started bringing my younger son and it became a part of my family’s life.
Why is Voice of Hope important to the Community?
It is a blessing that we are able to minister to the community, how the body of Christ is supposed to be. We are able to refer people and work with churches and pastors in the community. I know this community and connect people with resources and each other. Helping give people of this community a voice. It is so important to give people Jesus, but to disciple them because that’s what people need is to be discipled. Voice of Hope becomes a larger family, first through the food pantry, and then through the Bible Studies and classes.
What is your favorite part of Voice of Hope?
I have two. Spending time with the kids. I love when they leave me notes, I love spending quality time with them, sewing, praying with them. I want them to see the value in their lives.
I love the Bible Studies. We are able to give the Word of God here. We read the Bible in Spanish and English.
What is your best memory?
There are a lot of impacts. But for me personally, why I am here and why I come is to bring the Lord to people. A hunger that only Jesus our Lord and Savior can fill and a transformation of life that comes from walking daily with the Lord. To see people go to church and see that transformation is God sent.
Stories of Hope
Voice of Hope is proud to share a series of stories through this year that will tell the history of Voice of Hope and what a tremendous impact your support has had in the community and so many lives.